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I've Got You Under My Skin
Composer
Cole Porter
Lyricist
Cole Porter
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March 1956
Recording
October 1956
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"I've Got You Under My Skin" is a song written by Cole Porter. Frank Sinatra performed the songs twice in studio recordings, both times conducted by Nelson Riddle.

While the song was written in 1936, and sang by various artists of that era, Frank Sinatra didn't sing the song until 1946 while performing "You'd Be So Easy to Love" on his early radio show. The first studio recording of "I've Got You Under My Skin" by Sinatra was in 1956 for the album Songs for Swingin' Lovers!. At the time, it became known as one of Sinatra's greatest and signature hits.

Several years after, Sinatra re-recorded this song in his 1963 Reprise album, Sinatra's Sinatra. This version of the song featured Dick Nash on the trombone for the solo at the end of the instrumental section of the song as Milt Bernhart, who performed the original, had to cancel for another session.[1] The Sinatra's Sinatra version of the song featured several lyrical changes as well. In addition, like other songs from the Sinatra's Sinatra LP, the song's tempo is slightly faster than the original rendition. Sinatra also scats minor changes with the song, such as using "damn" in the second verse, or some minor changes to the "Don't you know little fool" line of the song.

In 1993, Sinatra performed the song in his first Capitol album in 30 years. In Duets, an album in which Sinatra performed eleven classic hits such as this, "The Lady Is a Tramp," "Summer Wind," and "Theme from New York, New York" accompanied by several different artists. The Duets version of "I've Got You Under My Skin" featured U2's Bono, a fan of Sinatra's work and one of the several producers of Duets. This version of the song was later released as a B-side single of U2's "Stay (Faraway, So Close!)."

He also performed several live performances with this song.

History Edit

"I've Got You Under My Skin" was written by Cole Porter in 1936 initially for his musical Born to Dance. In the musical, the song is performed by Virginia Bruce and this performance was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Song of 1937.

Releases Edit

Studio recordings
Live performances
Reissues

Lyrics Edit

I've got you under my skin
I've got you deep in the heart of me
So deep in my heart, that you're really a part of me
I've got you under my skin

I tried so not to give in
I said to myself this affair never will go so well
But why should I try to resist, when baby I know so well
I've got you under my skin

I 'd sacrifice anything come what might
For the sake of having you near
In spite of a warning voice that comes in the night
And repeats, repeats in my ear

Don't you know little fool, you never can win
Use your mentality, wake up to reality
But each time that I do, just the thought of you
Makes me stop before I begin
'Cause I've got you under my skin

I would sacrifice anything come what might
For the sake of having you near
In spite of a warning voice that comes in the night
And repeats, how it yells in my ear

Don't you know little fool, you never can win
Why not use your mentality, step up, wake up to reality
But each time I do, just the thought of you
Makes me stop just before I begin
'Cause I've got you under my skin
Yes, I've got you under my skin

Other artists Edit

References Edit

  1. Obituary: Milt Bernhart, trombonist who got under Sinatra's skin, The Guardian, London, 4 February 2004

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